Skip to comments.First Dynasty funerary boat discovered at Egypt's Abu Rawash
Posted on 07/27/2012 7:34:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
During routine excavation works at the Archaic period cemetery located at Abu Rawash area northeast of the Giza Plateau, a French archaeological mission from the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) stumbled on what is believed to be a funerary boat of the First Dynasty King Den (dating from around 3000BC).
The funerary boat was buried with royalty, as ancient Egyptians believed it would transfer the king's soul to the afterlife for eternity.
Unearthed in the northern area of Mastaba number six (a flat-roofed burial structure) at the archaeological site, boat consists of 11 large wooden planks reaching six metres high and 150 metres wide, Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said in a press release sent to Ahram Online on Wednesday.
The wooden sheets were transported to the planned National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation for restoration and are expected to be put on display at the Nile hall when the museum is finished and opens its doors to the public next year.
The IFAO started its excavation works at Abu Rawash in the early 1900s where several archaeological complexes were found. At the complex of [4th dynasty] King Djedefre, son [and immediate successor] of the Great Pyramid King Khufu, Emile Chassinat discovered the remains of a funerary settlement, a boat pit and numerous statuary fragments that bore the name of Fourth Dynasty King Djedefre.
Under the direction of Pierre Lacau, the IFAO continued its excavation work and found new structures to the east of the Djedefre pyramid. However objects bearing the names of First Dynasty Kings Aha and Den found near the pyramid indicate an earlier presence at Abu Rawash.
(Excerpt) Read more at english.ahram.org.eg ...
French archaeological mission discovers 3000BC funeral boat of King Den northeast of Giza Plateau, indicating earlier presence at the Archaic period cemetery
Most of the occurrences of Narmer's name are on jars and jar fragments; an astonishing number of serekhs has emerged in the last 25 years from excavations in Israel and Palestine (Tel Erani, En Besor, Arad, Halif Terrace/Nahal Tillah, Small Tel Malhata, Tel Maahaz, Tel Lod and some more) signifying an apex of commercial contacts between Egypt and Canaan which lasted all through [Early Bronze I] ...These data and the excavation of many Southern Palestine sites, are proof of a very complex series of interrelations between Egypt and peoples centred beyond North Sinai lasting more than two (or three) centuries. It has been ascertained, mainly on the base of ceramic types and fabric, that Egyptian colonies did exist in this area, which must have worked either as tradingposts or as bazaars or points of exchange, storage and forwarding to Egypt of products (wine, oils) and raw materials (wood, ores, copper, resins, honey... In many cases the evidence of imported foreign pottery in Egypt and of Egyptian ceramic types in Palestine (both locally made or imported from Egypt), dates back to early Naqada II (thus before EB Ia, in late Ghassoulian and late Beersheba contexts. Some more serekhs of Narmer have been excavated at Minshat Abu Omar, Tell Ibrahim Awad and Tell Farain-Buto in the Delta and at Kafr Hassan Dawood in a c. 1000 tombs cemetery on the southern limit of the Wadi Tumilat.
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Stupid Mooselimbs will probably destroy it as a pagan symbol!
I wonder how many poor slaves had to be buried with him?
Yes.....I see it.....it looks like a boat.....in a field of clay sort of way.....
Ohhhhh....there’s the tow rope for the water skier....
I think the guy is holding the fish finder.
That is, if Allah's purity army doesn't burn it and blow it to rubble.
There’s already louder agitation for the demolition of the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx. Hey, quit complainin’ — at least we’ll find out if there’s an internal, spiral ramp inside the Great Pyramid.
:’) In the background there appears to be a pyramid in the distance.
:’) Ushabti were buried as substitutes.
The pharaoh’s wife, well, she was a wide woman.
It must have been hard enough to build a pyramid in the first place, but to then completely take it apart?
“when the museum is finished and opens its doors to the public next year.”
And thus we get a glimpse into the bertha of a new civilization.
It is, great post! Djedefre (elder son and successor of Khufu, although I don’t remember ever hearing that mentioned on *any* documentary, and I’ve seen a half dozen or few hundred) died not long into his reign, and his pyramid had barely begun. Something like 89 percent of the mass of a pyramid (other than, say, the Bent Pyramid, which is even heavier on the bottom) is found in the lower half of the structure, so if it took 20 years to build the Great Pyramid (for example), the first five years wouldn’t appear to accomplish much.
Uncle Djed’s pyramid (that was the nickname given to him by Menkaure, although I can’t substantiate that) was left unfinished and probably lost under the sands. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was used as a quarry, and camel-loads of masonry vanished into Cairo. The site is basically a big hole in the ground.
Mummy you’re onto something.
Alas, you’re probably right. But if it does open, how long before another jihadist massacre of tourists?
I first heard of the site when I watched a 5-part documentary called "The Pyramid Code" (on NetFlixs, if you're interested and haven't seen it). I don't take the documentary too seriously, what with its "indigenous wisdom keeper" as one of the primary experts, but it did have a lot of footage of stuff I hadn't seen before. So much stuff in Egypt makes you scratch your head and wonder why? how?
Why go to all the work of procuring new building materials when you can just use the stuff left over by that loser, what's his name, that preceded you?
Even easier. Just chisel out his name and put in yours.
Thanks, I’ll check it out. Looks nice and kooky, kinda like that. :’)
Nail on the head.
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